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Moth spraying going ahead early Thursday morning

The Ministry of Forests is spraying parts of town tomorrow (Thursday) to eradicate spongy moths, also known as gypsy moths.

Spraying will be done by airplane and will run between first light and 7:30 am. It’s the second half of a two-part treatment which started on Saturday.

The treatment poses a very low risk to humans, which can be reduced by staying indoors during the spray, and for a half-hour afterwards. It does not harm mammals, birds, fish, plants, reptiles, amphibians or bees. The treatment targets moth and butterfly caterpillars which pose a risk to forests, trees and farms.

Another treatment will be done on May 23, with several more to follow into mid-June as weather permits.

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